Best of Year

Readers’ Pick: Best Album of 2012: I See Hawks In L.A., “New Kind of Lonely”

Congratulations to I See Hawks in L.A. for winning the annual Twangville Readers’ Pick award for 2012. This always turns out to be a bit of a popularity contest which is fine by us and why we follow up with our Editors’ Picks so that everyone gets a fair shot. The nominees this year were […] more »


Best of 2012, Tom’s Picks

Best Album of 2012 THE RIVERBOAT GAMBLERS, The Wolf You Feed Austin by way of Denton, these cats can rock. Pour some rock, punk, soul, and twang into the cauldron and you’ll summon THe Riverboat Gamblers. These guys are what the Kinks would sound like if they returned as zombies. The Wolf You Feed is […] more »


Shawn’s Favorite Live Sets of 2012

I got a chance to see some great live music this year, so while we’re all posting our favorite albums of the past year I thought I’d add my 2 cents on the favorite shows I saw.  The World Famous Headliners  OK, admittedly, my ranking here is actually based on two sets I saw them […] more »


Best of 2012 – Chip’s Picks

As it seems to be the case every year, there was way too much good music produced in 2012. I try hard to keep up with new releases, but it is often at the expense of time that would otherwise be spent on my favorites. However, for the purpose of  ”cussing and discussing” here is my […] more »


Todd’s Tops of 2012

There were a lot of songs from 2012 that I enjoyed, but not a lot of albums.  Maybe because I can only listen to so much new music without getting jaded or maybe it is still a time for singles.  Or maybe, just maybe, I didn’t hear your favorite record yet and haven’t been converted.  All of my top […] more »


Shawn’s Favorite Albums of 2012

Lumineers cover

Unlike Eli, I struggled to pick my top choices for music last year.  Any one of my top 4 or 5 might have won out at a different time.  That’s an indicator that it was a good year for music though, with a good mix of long-time Twangville and chart favorites as well as some […] more »


Eli’s Favorite Records of 2012

the lumineers

1. Langhorne Slim- The Way We Move The #1 record of the year is traditionally an easy pick for me to make. This year was no exception. The Way We Move is Langhorne Slim’s definitive statement. The band rollicks from stumbling soul music to acoustic folk rock anthems and finally captures the insane energy of […] more »


Photos that ROCK! Best of 2012

Mark Erelli

Photos that ROCK! Best of 2012 I am crazy lucky that I get to show up at concerts and take photos of musicians. Here are some of my favorite shoots from 2012, all around Boston. Happy new year! Love Canon @ Club Passim, January 2012 (See my review of their second album here) Mojo Kick […] more »


Mayer’s Picks: Best Songs of 2012


I posted a best songs list for the first half of 2012 back in July (here). Rather than replicate that list for my full year review, consider this the continuation — the best songs from the second half of the year. Love Changes Everything, Session Americana (from the self-released Love and Dirt) Session Americana wrap […] more »


Mayer’s Picks: Best of Boston 2012

It’s been a great year of music in Boston. I’ve been fortunate to see lots of great local favorites live, from Todd Thibaud to Old Jack to Dennis Brennan to the Rationales. It was also a great year for new Boston music, as evidenced by the fine, fine releases below. SESSION AMERICANA, Love and Dirt […] more »


Mayer’s Picks: Best EPs of 2012

Several of my favorite releases from this year were 5-6 song sets rather than 8-10+ song full-length releases. Here, in no particular order, are a few favorite EPs from 2012. THE VANSADERS, The Vansaders If you like your rock-and-roll raucous and whiskey-soaked, you’ll be hard-pressed to find music better than the Vansaders. I’ll take mine […] more »


Mayer’s Picks: Best Albums of 2012

Most years there is one record that stands head and shoulders above the rest. Things were different this year as three albums vied for the top of my favorites list. I gave up trying to pick one – I’m declaring it a tie. #1 (tie). BRANDI CARLILE, Bear Creek Carlile recorded her latest release in […] more »


What’s The Best Album of 2012?

As we begin to gather our Editors’ Picks for best of the year, we’d love to hear from you first. Throughout the year we host a weekly poll in which you can vote for your favorite new release of the week. From that list we’ve taken the albums that you voted for the most plus […] more »


Tom’s Picks: Best of Summer 2012, a Playlist

20 favorites from the Summer of 2012. Enjoy! Money for the Weekend (Pocket Full Of Shame) by Alberta Cross A three year hiatus was worth the wait for the now Brooklyn-based band’s sophomore release. Keep Believing by Bob Mould Touring playing full sets of Sugar’s “Copper Blue” alongside a full set of the new album […] more »


Mayer’s Picks: The Best of 2012, So Far (The Songs)


Jericho, John Fullbright (from the Blue Dirt Records release From The Ground Up) Fullbright’s is a welcome new voice on the singer-songwriter scene. He writes and sings with a voice that belies his 23-odd years, as evidenced by this stirring track. Throw your arrows and your slings And your other precious things Outside your gate […] more »


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